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Seeking Sci Fi and Fantasy Recommendations

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 1:01 pm
by eleika
So I work in a library now. And there is only one librarian with any interest in maintaining and developing the science fiction and fantasy collection. So when she found out I was interested in the genre she asked me to make recommendations, which I have been doing.

Naturally we have some of the more obvious writers - Tad Williams, Zelazny, Clarke, Pohl, Lackey, McCaffrey, etc. But I would love to hear some recommendations from you guys, gems that may have been missed.

I'd post the link to our catalogue but I don't know if that crosses into the "no-no" links so I'll just leave it at that for now. ;)

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 3:49 pm
by Bmat
Cherryh is good, also Bujold.

Greg Bear


Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 4:52 pm
by eleika
Bmat wrote:Cherryh is good, also Bujold.

Greg Bear


Got those, but thanks. ^__^

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 5:19 pm
by Chaeronia
Looking at my bookshelf: Iain M Banks, Guy Gavriel Kay, China Mieville, M John Harrison, David Gemmell, Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, George R R Martin and Orson Scott Card.

Kay and Mieville are current favourites.

Out of interest, what's the job like? I've always fancied a librarian's position but I suspect, as usual, that the idyll is far removed from the reality.

Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 11:57 am
by eleika
Baha, very true Chaeronia.

Actually, I'm not a librarian, I'm a library technician, still in training (but I finally graduate in June). The difference is very fuzzy in parts and more specific in others. Currently, however, I work in Circulation - I check books in and out, and I shelve them.

We work hard at all levels of the job, though, whether shelver, cataloguer, or librarian. I am very lucky to be at a library with lots of funding, apparently the highest per capita in my province.

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:03 am
by who me

some good authors....

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:21 pm
by TheLadyFlame
Robin Hobb is super.
Her 'Ship of Magic' series-awesome!

Jaqueline Carey-Banewreaker & Godslayer

You HAVE to put George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series in the library.....

Guy Gavriel Kay is one of my faves too.

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:18 pm
by Laria
Sharon Shinn and Garth Nix are most excellent

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 1:01 pm
by Jagged
George rr Martin is a must. You might also want to get Scott Bakker and Steve Erikson as some of the good new fantasy. I will also second Guy Gavriel Kay and China Mieville.

I am also very fond of Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos novels. The have recently be re-released in trade paperback with 2 or 3 novels in one volume so it's a good buy.

But yeah, Martin is a must I think.

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:49 am
by SirJill
Diana Whynne Jones' Chrestomanci series. It's a little juvenile, but at the same time, an excellently written and highly entertaining series.

Hi Eleika! Good to see you again!

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:14 am
by RHFay
Here's an author that crosses the horror/science fiction/fantasy genres: H.P. Lovecraft.

Here's a couple earlier authors that often go unnoticed, but would be decent additions to a library's fantasy section: Lord Dunsany and George MacDonald. Both influenced writers that came after them (I believe MacDonald was one of Tolkien's influences.)


Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 5:40 am
by yarrow
Charles de Lint - Urban fantasy, beautifully written
Tim Powers - Fantasy thriller/crime very good
Natasha Mostert - Supernatural thrillers
Tom Holt - Terry pratchett for adults
Terry Brooks - Full on fantasy
Joe Hill - Brilliant new horror